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Opposition demands joint session of Parliament on Qatar crisis

ISLAMABAD: The Opposition parties demanded on Tuesday that a joint session of the Parliament should be called to discuss the diplomatic fallout in the Gulf region, which has resulted in Arab countries severing ties with Qatar.

The Opposition parties held a meeting today under Opposition leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah.

Shah said that the demand regarding the joint session would be made in the National Assembly.

The meeting of the Opposition parties came a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa left for Saudi Arabia on a visit aimed at resolving the diplomatic crisis. Before his departure, the premier chaired a consultative session at the Prime Minister House to mull Pakistan’s response to the crisis.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, along with Egypt, Bahrain and UAE, cut off all ties with Qatar on its alleged support of extremism and terrorism, as well as ties with Iran.

The diplomatic and business boycott was later adopted by Yemen, one of the Libyan governments, Maldives and Mauritius.

Kuwait is attempting to play the role of a mediator and hopes to diplomatically resolve the crisis.

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